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Shipping times for the iPhone 5 have fallen to 2-3 weeks from 3-4 weeks at Apple's (AAPL -0.7%)...

Shipping times for the iPhone 5 have fallen to 2-3 weeks from 3-4 weeks at Apple's (AAPL -0.7%) online store. Gene Munster and AT&T both remarked last Friday the iPhone 5's supply situation was improving, though Foxconn noted earlier in the week it's still unable to meet demand.
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  • bjnflicks
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    Foxconn did not wsay that. They said iPhones were difficult to make and they could not make them fast enough. The demand is being met. The understanding is simply you have to wait 1-21 says, often only 1 day, sometimes three weeks. And people are willing to wait. Meanwhile, Apple gets paid upfront and has lost no business to other phonemakers, according to the manager of the local store I spoke to. He told me not a single person was irritated at the wait or walked out without buying one because of it. Apple dontinues ramping up to meet the extrordinary demand but the Street has it all wrong o this issue. It doesn't mean Apple will make less money it just means they aree the only companyn on earth which seller everything they can make before they even make it. A nice problem to have.
    12 Nov 2012, 05:33 PM Reply Like
  • tinman8888
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    you know the "wait" time you referred, that hurts the image of the company...in today's society, people want things "yesterday"... FOXCONN is probably told what to do and what to say by their government. It is a "nice problem", however it should not be a problem, it should be a fabulous experience, one that sets the hook into their gills for LIFE!!!!!!
    12 Nov 2012, 05:55 PM Reply Like
  • dsalem23
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    Nice type job.
    13 Nov 2012, 05:54 AM Reply Like
  • tennkid
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    I saw that earlier today and was amazed at how the stock failed to react positively to the news. If they had pushed out shipping dates by a week you can bet that the stock would have tanked.... so what does that mean?
    12 Nov 2012, 05:35 PM Reply Like
  • tinman8888
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    I got mine about 5 days ago, and it took about 2 weeks from the time I ordered it, maybe 2 weeks and a day or so...sure eliminates impulse buying...major mistake, and I'm not happy as I am a stockholder (in the thousands of shares)....Tim Cook needs to right this tilting ship, or he better buy the people he can, or he better buy the competition and just shut them down (sorry, Anti-trust laws prohibit that somewhat).....
    12 Nov 2012, 05:52 PM Reply Like
  • jocca
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    This is not a Tim Cook problem, but that of the hedge fund managers taking advantage of the vulnerability of their clients to manipulate the stock. I am sure that many of them have sold the stock when it peaked and then started the round of pessimistic analysis to tank it. Case in point is Kass, one of the rumormonger, who just initiated a large position on AAPL, citing that it has now dropped low enough for him to jump back into the stock.
    12 Nov 2012, 07:49 PM Reply Like
  • dougsull
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    I called Verizon today and asked for the shipping time for an iPhone 5 if I decided to upgrade from an iPhone 4S to an iPhone 5. They told me the iPhone 5 would ship directly to my home in one (1) week! I repeat, the Verizon iPhone availability is one week from time of order.
    12 Nov 2012, 05:42 PM Reply Like
  • andyk80
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    I thought I heard that Verizon isn't selling many because they are not subsidizing iphone 5 upgrades for subscribers with grandfathered unlimited data.
    12 Nov 2012, 05:49 PM Reply Like
  • tinman8888
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    Why would you take a Foxconn statement as a fact??? Just look at the name of the company "fox" "con"...... ...they have the ability to affect Apple Inc., sales, business, public image...if I were Tim Cook, I would plug that hole, and get create a divers network of manufacturers for their products. And don't tell me about "costs", because I have been to 3 Apple Stores (5 trips total ), and in each one, they were packed, and people were not "helped" and there was no "product" available (iPhone5s, iPodTouches, etc...).The biggest flub up was there were no accessories available for any of the new products. I imagine that every person who buys a new product likes to accessorize, and that what I witnessed was hundreds and maybe a tad over a thousand people who were unable to spend their $100 or so on accessories, as they were not available.
    12 Nov 2012, 05:49 PM Reply Like
  • rocback
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    Todays article in the USA Today that Apple's reign is over is the best sign yet that the stock has bottomed.
    12 Nov 2012, 05:51 PM Reply Like
  • earlalbin
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    Believe this or not folks, having a delay for anything can not improve sales. It can only hurt sales. bjnflicks, believe what you will, it seems you are tying to prove your perception, not determine the facts.

     

    Apple IS, repeat IS loosing sales because of the wait, and some of it has to do with the mixed messages, and certainly the media bares responsibility in a large part because that's what the media does. It does not inform, it confuses.

     

    Although good point. Samsung was written up as being caught off guard and couldn't keep up with their orders, but they didn't get slammed. What's the different, Samsung's revenue is not 50% dependent on one phone.

     

    Should Apple have more than one phone? Eggs, basket, all?
    12 Nov 2012, 05:52 PM Reply Like
  • Dialectical Materialist
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    "Should Apple have more than one phone? Eggs, basket, all?"

     

    Apple does have more than one phone. It has the iPhone 4, the 4s and the 5.

     

    And they are throwing all their efforts into getting the iPhone 5 made fast enough. If they had ANOTHER new design taking away the manufacturing resources devoted to the iPhone 5 there would just be two phones that everyone had to wait for. How would that help?
    12 Nov 2012, 06:21 PM Reply Like
  • jocca
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    Samsung revenue is based on a variety of products, some of them so lousy that I am not coming back for more of their stuff. Yesterday, my 1 year old Samsung Blue-Ray player failed to perform what it is supposed to do and just quit on me in the middle of a run. I tried several other discs with the same result. Then I switched to a DVD disk, and my Samsung DVD player did the same thing on me. Luckily, I have an older Toshiba DVD player hooked to the same TV and it played the disk through without any problem. I do not even know where to take these junks to for repair, and that is the biggest problem (lack of support) facing the technology industry that Apple has figured out how to avoid. Apple great success is going to be maintained into the future because the company has figured out how to put out refined, well built devices with great software integration and these products will be well supported to an increasingly demanding clientele.
    12 Nov 2012, 07:59 PM Reply Like
  • tinman8888
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    The wait, should be 2-4 hours, not weeks, why celebrate now??? It's an ongoing failure. I am pro"Apple", so don't accuse me of Apple bashing, They are just not up to their normal standards recently. They need to get back to those standards and surpass them. So the prices of my shares will reflect that, and don't blast me as a fool owner, because my acquisition was in different portfolios, and cost basis was $12-18/share (pre 2:1 split)....
    12 Nov 2012, 06:00 PM Reply Like
  • jocca
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    What failure? Any smart business knows that having a great demand for one's product is the most important thing going for it. Meeting that demand is of secondary importance, especially when the consumer is willing to wait a while for it, which is happening in the iPhone 5 case. Unlike the Android case, where people will easily switch to the many other droid models available to them, the people buying iPhones are a lot more selective and will stick by their choice through thick and thin.
    12 Nov 2012, 08:08 PM Reply Like
  • Dialectical Materialist
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    "They are just not up to their normal standards recently. "

     

    Really? How many iPhone 4's did they sell each day? How many iPhone 5's are they selling each day? Do you know? How can you say they are not up to their normal standards?

     

    Having a wait time 6 weeks after the release of a product is not as good as meeting demand exactly, but it is better than having a bunch of unsold phones or keeping up with demand because it is so tepid. It is better by a long shot. The notion that Apple is being so successful that it is failing is a real puzzler to me.
    12 Nov 2012, 06:19 PM Reply Like
  • tinman8888
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    Sir, your last sentence rings so true, as when they announce quarterlies...and they may not have met analysts estimates....and the sheep jump off the cliff, but they're happy when another company goes from losing $3.00 a share to only losing $2.80 cents a share, that type of news "gets them off!!!"...Perhaps the one line you picked out may be weak, but I tend to think and to write in a long and flowing manner. So, good job if you caught me on something. Have a nice day, eh????
    12 Nov 2012, 06:43 PM Reply Like
  • Dialectical Materialist
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    "So, good job if you caught me on something."

     

    Not trying to catch you on anything. I tend to quote a relevant snippet to make it clear who I am talking to and what I am talking about. But I wasn't trying to dog you for a particular turn of phrase. It sounded to me like you were critical of Apple's performance, as when you said,

     

    "It's an ongoing failure" and "Tim Cook needs to right this tilting ship" etc.

     

    You can certainly feel that this is a failing on Apple's part. I was just trying to understand more where you felt they actually failed. Apple is taking it on the chin a lot lately, and I don't understand why people aren't more excited about the earnings they will announce from a quarter where they sold 3 million iPad mini's in one weekend and have spent 6 weeks trying to catch up to iPhone demand.

     

    And if that iMac banner ever changes from "coming soon" I think they are going to sell quite a few new iMacs as well. I know I am in line for one.

     

    So don't let me take you to task for having an opinion. I was just curious about your thinking is all.
    12 Nov 2012, 07:12 PM Reply Like
  • tinman8888
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    about myself...I don't read read comments about my comments...
    12 Nov 2012, 06:20 PM Reply Like
  • tinman8888
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    Apple store used to have the atmosphere of a relaxed and well flowing retail store. Plenty of helpful and knowledgeable employees, display models that would actually work, and not need an employee to unlock the screensaver, it was relaxed...now they are filled with too many people, (it would be okay, if they had inventory to sell) but these people are in there with questions and issues. You are greeted at the door by 3 greeters (I was 4 times)...but when I needed simple product location assistance, I was abruptly told "I'm busy, make it quick...", and not the proper.."Let me get you someone to help you"...the employees on the floor were in clusters, standing amongst themselves, not open to people that approached them. I gave a bad survey review and I will email Tim Cook about my shopping experiences. They may be selling iPhone5's but are the people really going to be happy about them when they take into account all the time and effort they went about in order to obtain the phone, as compared to the benefits of the phone. Personally, I was willing to wait a few months, however, since I had 5 upgrades available on my Verizon plan, I ordered mine thru Verizon, now, if I want to add AppleCare to my phone's warranty coverage, I will need to go back to an Apple store and show them that I have not smashed my phone, nor placed it in my "Slurpee" as I thought it was the cupholder in my car, and that it still works. Actually, I spent an hour trying to put on a screen protector, which is pretty silly, spending $15 for a piece of sticky clear plastic, but it's items like that, which only became available in the last few days from the Apple Store, which add to their profits. Think about the Sony PS3's and how they were originally sold at a loss of, I believe $177/unit...but the profits would come from the sale of accessories and of course the games. So to whoever asked me to recite numbers and digits, I'll ask you this, how many people...say a week ago, who wanted an iPhone actually had one in their hand or possession??? And if they did, how many had gone ahead and purchased their $49 cases (one of the only 2 selections at the Apple Store last week...I bought 2, I hate them...but I take care of my items)....moving inventory entails more than the phone itself...you could give everyone something for free, and yes, they would have it, but is it truly something they want, and are happy with??? Remember, with Apple, because of Steve Jobs...purchasing Apple products isn't always just about getting them, it's about the entire experience...the packaging, the design, the ease of function...the iPhone5 has most of that, but the acquisition I believe will leave a bitter aftertaste in the mouths of most newbies. As they are bandwagon people who are jumping on now, especially with the new of the Apple vs Samsung battle raging in the courts. Have a nice day, and lighten up!!!! Willya???
    12 Nov 2012, 06:39 PM Reply Like
  • hyperion15
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    Seems like there are more problems than usual with the "home" button on the iPhone 5. One of my co-workers had to return her new iPhone today because the home button didn't work, and said she was in a line of other people, all returning their iPhone 5 for the same reason.
    12 Nov 2012, 07:27 PM Reply Like
  • jocca
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    Really? I don't have any problem with mine and have yet to hear from most of the people I know who have the new iPhones.
    12 Nov 2012, 08:10 PM Reply Like
  • warrenrial
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    That's why I like Samsung their phones work.
    12 Nov 2012, 08:19 PM Reply Like
  • supersaverguy
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    i just ordered an iPhone 5 via Verizon Wireless online and got an order confirmation that it will be shipped on 11/16 - so that's only 4 days..
    13 Nov 2012, 12:26 AM Reply Like
  • harryjack
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    Any tech site will give you facts folks, AAPL is over and above better built, and blows away specs of Samsung. If you want a Chevy Nova, get a Samsung and watch the trim fall off, if you want a Mercedes (well made, lasting, engineered) buy AAPL. Having a company like Samsung that is loosing money is being hyped against AAPL as a better route to go? Folks, the big boys on Wall Street are driving out the big retail owners of AAPL. Watch out for when you wake up one morning and find the stock up on "sudden" great "channel checks". It will be up 35 points before you can brush your teeth, and us bulls will go - here we go again "wheeeeee"
    13 Nov 2012, 12:29 AM Reply Like
  • wormywyrm
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    Shipping times are terrible for apple store then, because I bought an iphone 5 at verizon 3 business days ago and I received an email this morning that it had shipped.
    13 Nov 2012, 02:05 AM Reply Like
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